Top 20 Selling PC Games at Retail in February

PC gaming sales at the boxed, retail level aren't what they used to be. Now most of the game sales action in stores happens for consoles, but PC gaming is taking the lead in online digital distribution. Make no mistake, however, as there are still many PC gamers who make the trip to the store just to have a physical copy for snuggling purposes.

Tracking firm NPD Group has released the top 20 selling PC games at retail. They are in best-selling order:

1) The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff--released Feb. 2010 2) Star Trek Online--released Feb. 2010 3) The Sims 3--released June 2009 4) Star Trek Online Collector's Ed.--released Feb. 2010 5) BioShock 2--released Feb. 2010 6) EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Expansion Pack--released Feb. 2010 7) Mass Effect 2--released Jan. 2010 8) World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King--released Nov. 2008 9) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe--released Nov. 2008 10) The Sims 3: World Adventures--released Nov. 2009 11) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2--released Nov. 2009 12) World of Warcraft: Battle Chest--released Sept. 2007 13) EverQuest II: Sentinel's Fate Expansion Pack Collector's Ed--released Feb 2010 14) IGT Slots: Texas Tea--released Sept. 2009 15) The Sims 3: Collector's Ed--released June 2009 16) Dragon Age: Origins--released Oct. 2009 17) Mumbo Jumbo Assortment--released July 2009 18) World of Warcraft--released November 2004 19) Aliens vs. Predator--released Feb. 2010 20) The Sims 2: Fun with Pets--released Jan. 2010

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • theholylancer
    wrath of the lich king now!?


    and they are still making new sims 2 expansions?
    Number 2 and 4 is same game with different packaging. I wonder if you combine them, would it get first place.
  • JohnnyLucky
    I'm surprised Star Trek is so popular. I would think that after 45 years the popularity would have faded away.
  • sliem
    The sims?!?!
  • CoryInJapan
    lol shows mostly casual gamers buy at stores probably because they dont know about places like steam or new egg haha.

    Nice to at least see some of the actual good games on there though..they should be higher though because sims 3 isnt that great of a game ..well sims in general isnt that great of a game.No is WOW which Ive ALWAYS HATED SINCE I first played it.
  • theuerkorn
    Wow! Sims, really? (6 times in top 20!!!) I never liked the Sims game so I am biased, but I am certainly surprised it's sooooo popular. (I guess the movie Surrogates wasn't too far fetched.) CoD MW2 is apparently still selling well despite all the complaints that suggested "nobody" will by the game. (I didn't but many others apparently did despite the limitations and the high price.)

    Then again, from that list I only purchased Bioshock 2 with no intent to get any of the others.
  • deadlockedworld
    You cant buy ST online online. Its pretty ridiculous that you have to go into a store to buy an online game...
  • kezix_69
    deadlockedworldYou cant buy ST online online. Its pretty ridiculous that you have to go into a store to buy an online game...
    That's just false. You can buy it through steam and at the star trek website....
  • chefboyeb
    I've never played the sims series before, maybe i should look it them...
  • bison88
    I have come to the conclusion in the next 100 years Sims and Sims titles will forever blanket the NPD charts.